PETALING JAYA: When tragedy strikes unexpectedly, goals shatter, leaving the long run you as soon as imagined in ruins. Whereas some folks lose hope, others rise above it.
Thirty-year-old Sureshwaran Raju is one among them.
Six years in the past, whereas using residence from work on his motorcycle, Sureshwaran’s life took a tragic flip — a highway accident that robbed him of his left forearm.
Even worse, Sureshwaran, beforehand a chef in an upscale restaurant in KL, was left-handed. The accident not solely stole his dominant forearm but additionally his most cherished culinary instrument, the hand that gave life to his ardour.
Nevertheless, immediately he operates his personal meals stall, Roadhouse BBQ, established only a yr in the past on the Mango Tree Cafe hawker meals courtroom right here.
FMT Life-style just lately paid a go to to his stall, the place he serves up mouth-watering barbecued hen chops, lamb chops in addition to hen tikka. It’s all ready from scratch and cooked by him.
“It was troublesome, I gained’t lie,” mentioned Sureshwaran. “I relied closely on my left hand to do every thing, particularly cooking.”
Over seven years in the past, he graduated from culinary faculty, and secured a job at a restaurant serving Western meals.
However the accident in 2017 devastated him and it wasn’t till 5 years later that he was in a position to choose up the items and return to his ardour for cooking.
“It took a very long time as a result of I wanted to construct my confidence,” he shared. “It took some time to coach myself to make use of my proper hand, and get used to cooking with not only one hand, however my non-dominant one.”
Sureshwaran mentioned his mom, Sooriakala Subramaniam, 55, alongside along with his sisters Vithiah and Vinthia, assist him run the enterprise.
“My sisters serve the shoppers and deal with the funds. My mom assists me on the grill. And my brother helps me out generally too when he comes again from work.
“So, I positively can’t do any of this with out my household,” he shared.
Sooriakala mentioned her son has all the time liked cooking. “Since I can keep in mind, every time we requested him, ‘What do you wish to be if you develop up?’ he’d all the time say, ‘I wish to cook dinner.’”
Initially from Teluk Intan, Sooriakala mentioned she is pleased with her son. “I noticed how he struggled within the years after the accident. So, I’m very comfortable that he has this stall now.”
Sureshwaran isn’t just a talented chef; he’s strong-willed, having established the stall utilizing his private financial savings. “After the accident, I knew I nonetheless wished to cook dinner. Not as soon as did I contemplate one other job.”
He mentioned that regardless of the accident depriving him of his left limb, he nonetheless felt lucky that he’s a chef above all else, because the talent has enabled him to work on his personal phrases.
“I favor operating my very own enterprise; I’m not certain by orders and I can relaxation when wanted.”
At present Sureshwaran has a devoted buyer following all because of the genuinely scrumptious and budget-friendly meals he serves. “I marinate the meat for near 24 hours, that’s the way it retains its juiciness.”
He additionally shared that maybe his stall’s success is because of its distinctive choices. “Not many hawker stalls serve Western barbecue meals, and really hardly ever is it made by Indians.”
To make sure the superior style, he makes use of high-quality components and prepares every thing from scratch – mushroom soup to black pepper sauce – all his personal distinctive recipes.
Hailing from humble beginnings – his father is a retired gardener – Sureshwaran mentioned he wasn’t after extreme income. “I preserve costs reasonably priced, as most of those that come to eat listed below are from the B40 neighborhood.”
Though it’s a battle to run his enterprise with only one arm, Sureshwaran continues to carry onto his goals.
“My aim is to open extra stalls throughout the Klang Valley and switch Roadhouse BBQ right into a franchise.”
Roadhouse BBQ at Mango Tree Cafe
36-3B, Jln PJS 5/2
46150 Petaling Jaya
Contact: 010-283 5861
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